the beginning of the 1939-45 War, the rector buried the
parish records in the churchyard to save them from the Germans - and
there they remained under the earth, wrapped only in newspaper and
a family-history researcher made enquiries
and initiated a search.
Ultimately they were found - but they were in a very sad state!
to see transcriptions of some of the 16th century marriages recorded on these pages (made by Commander Frank Stagg RN in the 1930s, before they were buried),
Above: a close up
of the top of the folio leaf on the right with the hole in it.
See below for a
transcript of the words on the page
text of the above folio reads:
The hole in the parchment is the result of a wound in
the skin of the animal it came from - it might have
an insect bite - which became enlarged as the
treated. The scribe merely wrote around it!
James the son of William Cook and Ann his wife was
buried in the churchyard of Salthouse on the 3rd of April 1683 according
to the woollen Act in the . . .
John Brown a Scothsman of Preston pans was buried on the 8th day of December
in wool according to the late Act in that made . . . provided.
Elizabeth the daughter of John Moon and Elizabeth his
wife was buried on the 23rd day of January in wool according to the woollen
Act . . .
The inscription on
one of the
oldest eighteenth century graves
Here lies the body
of William Chaplin
daughter of John
certainly a relation
of Elizabeth who
died in 1683
The Woollen Act of 1667
"No corpse of any person (except those who shall die of the plague) shall
be buried in any shirt, shift, sheet or shroud or anything whatsoever, made
or mingled with flax, hemp, silk, hair, gold or silver, or in any stuff or thing
other than what is made from sheep's wool only . . .
law was apparently intended to help the wool trade.
STOP PRESS! NOVEMBER 2005, THE
NORFOLK RECORD OFFICE began to RESUSCITATE THESE RECORDS
You can see the first pictures of the start of the conservation process taken by the Conservator Antoinette Curtis: Click HERE and latest news here